BEEINS 2020

BEEINS Conference 2020
BEEINS Conference 2020
Theme :
27 November - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and perspectives
28 November - Future Focus

In partnership with UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Presenters

 

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1 Day  
2 Day
 Individual Member
$230 + GST   
$395 + GST
 Primary Member
$180 + GST $300 + GST
 Secondary School Associate  
$255 + GST
$420 + GST
 Student/Pre-Service Member  
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$120 + GST
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NESA ACCREDITATION
Completing the STANSW BEEINS Conference Online will contribute to 6 hours on Friday and 4 hours on Saturday of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, 6.4.2 & 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. STANSW Inc is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher.

When
11/27/2020 8:45 AM - 11/28/2020 2:50 PM
Where
Online

Program

   

Friday, 27 November 2020

Description
8:45 - 9:00 Open and Welcome by STANSW__ 9:00 - 9:15am: Welcome on behalf of UNSW BEES - Merlin Crossley- Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Professor of Molecular Biology, UNSW ___ 9:15 - 9:30am: Welcome to Country - Yvonne Sims - Nura Gili, UNSW ___ 9:30 - 9:40am: UNSW Keynote - Emma Johnston - Dean of Science, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, UNSW ___ 9:45 - 10:30am: UTS Keynote - Nandiri’o’nya: Embedding Indigenous Perspectives; we will learn and discover, together   Shannon Foster : Lecturer, UTS and Creative Director of Bangawarra/ D'harawal Knowledge Keeper
Category
Friday Keynotes
Track
Friday Keynotes
Time
8:45 AM - 10:30 AM
8:45 AM
Time
10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
10:30 AM
Mike Archer, UNSW - Palaeoconservation: Learning from the past, to understand the present, to better conserve the future; OR…why ecologists should talk to palaeontologists about conservation.    One of the key conclusions of the Federal Government’s Conservation Strategy 2010-2030 was that ‘Business as usual is no longer an option’. Traditional approaches to conserving our biota, while vitally important, are insufficient to slow the rate of extinction of endangered species with worrying estimates that up to 50% of species in, e.g., the World Heritage Wet Tropics forests, will be extinct by 2100 (Prof. Stephen Williams, JCU). Given this depressing outlook, I would argue that we have a moral responsibility to explore all non-traditional strategies that might help to slow this cascade of extinctions. Because 99% of the life span of species exists in their past, one of these strategies should be to seek information from the fossil record about potential resilience to adapt to a wider range of habitats than those in which species are now struggling to survive. Palaeoconservation is a new discipline that is based on the need to learn from the past, to understand the present, to better conserve our biota into the future. In some cases, such as the Critically Endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum, this search for wisdom about resilience has extended back millions of years to discover that they are now just hanging on in a climate-change-threatened environment that is far from optimum for their lineage. In turn, this has led to a proposal for a conservation translocation that would not have occurred to modern ecologists. Ecophysiology and captive breeding provide additional evidence that establishing a colony of these possums in a lowland, wet forest environment should give them the greatest chance for survival into the future. Other species here and around the world that could benefit from this ‘four-dimensional’ perspective will be discussed, as will other ‘non-traditional’ strategies currently of interest globally as ways to optimise biodiversity into the future. What we urgently need now are open-minds, acceptance of past failures, and commitment to do whatever it takes, however seemingly ‘unorthodox’, to better manage this crisis.
Category
Biology
Track
Friday Session 1
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
Dr Silvia Rudmann, DoE NSW. The Investigating Science Syllabus covers many indigenous outcomes in both year 11 and year 12 courses. According to the syllabus students have to be provided with 'opportunities to learn about how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have developed and refined knowledge about the world through observation, making predictions, testing (trial and error) and responding to environmental factors within specific contexts' (IS Syllabus 2017). Therefore, this workshop will explain how to teach those outcomes and how to differentiate them to cover the needs of a wide range of students. Ethical implications in the teaching of the outcomes will be discussed together with practical teaching strategies that may be applied in the classroom.
Category
Investigating Science
Track
Friday Session 1
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
David Harrington, Stone and Bones -    Communicating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Through Hands On Practicals: Earth and Environmental Science.     The Earth and Investigating Science syllabus contains many interesting opportunities to learn about Australia's First Nations Peoples' scientific understandings and ways of coming to knowledge. This workshop will provide a range of opportunities to engage with pertinent Learning Across the Curriculum outcomes through practical, hands on scientific investigations, modelling and case studies. These include creating stone tools and classifying the lithic environment, experimenting with ochre,  managing feral animals and developing fire management understanding and outcomes.
Category
Earth and Environmental Science
Track
Friday Session 1
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
Dr Mariana Pinto, UNSW - Urbanisation of coastal habitats is a growing problem as our natural systems are increasingly altered or destroyed by human activity.  In Sydney Harbour alone, over 50% of the shoreline has been modified by artificial structures such as seawalls. Seawalls are generally flat, featureless structures that have a compressed intertidal area and support lower biodiversity and reduced ecosystem services, such as fisheries productivity and maintenance of clean water, relative to the natural habitats they replace. The Living Seawalls project, an initiative of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), aims to mitigate some of the impacts caused by the construction of these artificial structures by adding different types of habitat enhancing panels to seawalls in Sydney Harbour. These panels have been specially designed using 3D technology to mimic natural habitat features of Sydney rocky shores, such as rock pools and crevices and are retrofitted to existing seawalls. Panels have now been installed in 9 sites around the Harbour and the Living Seawalls team are now assessing their benefits by monitoring which animals and seaweeds colonise these panels over time. I will present some of the latest results and will discuss some of the ways on how can we bridge the gap between marine environmental research and education.
Category
Marine Science/ Earth and Environmental Science
Track
Friday Session 1
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
Dr Sabin Zahirovic, USyd -  Plate tectonics and mantle flow: The planetary thermostat.  The coexistence of plate tectonics and mantle convection on Earth is a fundamental component of the planetary life-support system. Mantle and tectonic processes help regulate ocean circulation, climate, and the “deep carbon cycle”. Perturbations to these systems, documented in the geological record, have caused mass extinctions, transitions between icehouse and greenhouse climate states, and have fundamentally altered the biosphere on our planet. Using the end-Permian mass extinction and the Cretaceous greenhouse climate as case studies, we will explore the role of tectonics and mantle convection in driving these major events in our geological past. We will use these case studies to compare with the contemporary anthropogenic greenhouse emissions to evaluate long-term trajectories beyond the IPCC 2100 predictions. In this talk we will also explore easy-to-use free software and data resources (proudly developed by our team at the University of Sydney) that can be easily deployed to the classroom setting, which will be made available to all attendees.
Category
Multidisciplinary
Track
Friday Session 1
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
(K-6) Dr Duane Hamacher & Dr Tyson Yunkaporta -   Integrating Indigenous Astronomy into the Australian National Curriculum.  In 2018, three new areas of Indigenous Knowledge were integrated into the Australian National Curriculum by a committee led by professor Marcia Langton: Fire, Water, and Astronomy. This included educational modules covering all subjects in Years 5 and 8. The initial response was positive, but new challenges emerged regarding delivery and the addition of other year levels. It also requires expansive applications by appropriately addressing Indigenous ways of knowing, such as pattern recognition and orality. We will discuss some of the initial astronomy content developed for the curriculum, discussing the pedagogical frameworks and the challenges of trying to bring together the complex, inter-relational, orally transmitted world of Indigenous Knowledge and the compartmentalised, technical, and literacy-focused world of Western science. This presentation will open the doors for critical reflection and discussion, providing an avenue for examining the Cultural Interface of Indigenous and Western ways of knowing in appropriate, meaningful, and respectful ways. (2hours)
Category
Primary K-6
Track
Friday Session 1 & 2
Time
11:00 AM - 1:10 PM
11:00 AM
Jeannette Tran, Steam Reactor - Ask Me Anything: a discussion of Practical Biotechnology skills in the Classroom.     One of the most challenging aspects of the new Stage 6 Curriculum is how teachers can integrate biotechnology practicals in a highly theoretical program. In this session Jeannette Tran from STEM Reactor will discuss a range of ideas of making the Stage 6 Biology a more engaging experience in the lab. We will discuss how you can give your students and authentic experience when learning about genetic technologies, disease and heredity.   Videos and resources will be provided for you to access before the session and we encourage all participants to watch them before attending the session. Additionally, all registrants for this session have the option of requesting a kit of practical ideas to be sent to their schools to try after the workshop.
Category
Biology
Track
Friday Session 2
Time
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
12:20 PM
Aaron Greenville, USyd - Quantifying devastation: Modelling the impacts of bushfires. The 2019-2020 mega-fires that raged across southern and eastern Australia devastated habitat for 832 different native vertebrate species. But how did we arrive at these numbers, and how do we model these impacts? Dr Aaron Greenville is an ecologist that uses population biology, trophic ecology and statistics to predict responses to climate change. Aaron will show us how to use publicly available datasets to model the impacts of bushfires, the subsequent impacts on vertebrate diversity and what this means for extinction risks for threatened species. Techniques for overlapping information on burn areas and species distribution to calculate impacts can be used as a real-world case study for Ecosystem Dynamics for year 11 students.
Category
Biology/ Multidisciplinary
Track
Friday Session 2
Time
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
12:20 PM
Communicating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Through Hands On Practicals: Investigating Science -David Harrington, Stone and Bones The Investigating Science syllabus contains many interesting opportunities to learn about Australia's First Nations Peoples' scientific understandings and ways of coming to knowledge. This workshop will provide a range of opportunities to engage with pertinent Learning Across the Curriculum outcomes through practical, hands on scientific investigations, modelling and case studies. These include fire stick farming, medicinal plant knowledge, toxic compounds in foods and the importance of observations and seasonal knowledge in the creation of scientific understandings.
Category
Investigating Science
Track
Friday Session 2
Time
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
12:20 PM
Dr Alex Sen Gupta, Rishav Goyal, Angel Maharaj -    Climate models are the best tools we have for predicting the future of our planet. But these models are usually complicated to understand and impossible to use without access to a supercomputer and months or years of training. Here we will introduce CARBONATOR a simplified climate model based on simple energy conservation principles, that can produce forecasts that are almost as accurate as state-of-the-art models. CARBONATOR can be used to understand the underlying physics of the climate system, simple methods for solving equations and the principles behind developing climate change scenarios - that allow us to answer questions like: What would happen if we were to suddenly stop burning fossil fuels? Could we slow Global Warming if we injected huge amounts of pollution into the atmosphere? Could we chill the world by painting all our roofs white? The workshop will target both those new to Carbonator and those that have already incorporated the model into their teaching but are looking for more sophisticated applications.
Category
Earth and Environmental Science
Track
Friday Session 2
Time
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
12:20 PM
Professor Tracey Rogers, UNSW -  When mammals returned to live in the sea they reversed a process that began 200 million years earlier when the first animals first emerged from the seas. Life in water is very different than life on land, so that they would have met with new challenges and a whole new suite of aquatic adaptations evolved. We explore how modern and extinct mammals evolved to meet the different challenges of living in the sea. In this workshop you will examine both freely available online material along with material in the lab and assessments.
Category
Marine Science
Track
Friday Session 2
Time
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
12:20 PM
Jacqui Rogers and Ann Hanna, Menai High School.   This workshop will cover a variety of strategies to incorporate Marine Science into Stage 4,5 and 6 Science. Case studies of marine teaching by members of the Marine Teachers Association will be presented, with supporting resources made available to all attendees. Opportunities to link to the STANSW Young Scientists competition and Science Extension course will also be discussed, as well as strategies for structuring depth studies in Stage 6 and Student Research Projects in Stage 5 to link with this amazing competition. The session will conclude with an examination of the Science syllabuses’ and identification of where marine based teaching and learning fits within the current curriculum. Teachers will also be provided with a variety of contacts to key organisations and stakeholders that may further assist them with marine education.
Category
Marine Science/ Biology
Track
Friday Session 2
Time
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
12:20 PM
Time
1:20 PM - 1:40 PM
1:20 PM
Professor Bill Sherwin, UNSW - Genes are information, so we finally realise how to use information theory in genetics.  Claude Shannon loved to ride the unicycle and juggle, but he also had a day-job, in which he invented Information Theory, to help design the first computers. He took a lightning break of two years to write a PhD on tentative suggestions of how to apply his theory to genes. He did not publish, possibly because at the time, no-one knew that genes were DNA, which would have helped him a great deal. In the decades that his thesis languished on a shelf in Boston, Shannon’s method took off in another part of biology, becoming the major way to summarise diversity of species in an ecosystem. But the few attempts to apply it to genes came up against dead-ends. Fast-forward to fifteen years ago, and a team at UNSW-Sydney, headed by Professor Bill Sherwin in the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre at UNSW, reasoned that if genes are information, then information theory MUST help us forecast and measure genetic diversity. The team produced the first workable equations for this, by combining genetics, information theory and gas mechanics. How on earth did mere biologists do this? Not alone. The team is as diverse as the work, including a French engineer (Franck Jabot), an ANU physicist (Roddy Dewar), two other molecular ecologists, (Peter Smouse at Rutgers and Rod Peakall at ANU), a Taiwanese statistician and bird-fanatic (Anne Chao) and a physicist who runs an orchid and butterfly reserve in Ecuador (Lou Jost). Sherwin, Chao, Jost and Smouse have now published a review in the high-impact journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, showing how the recent decade’s work can be drawn together into a system to forecast how molecular variants will behave, at any level from expression in cells, through to adaptation in landscapes, and beyond. The system has been use to assess gene exchange between carrot crops and their wild relatives, diversity in vulnerable animals and plants, mosquito invasion patterns, and even eye-colour in alpacas. It has greatly enriched the armory of genetic analysis methods, sometimes discerning patterns that were obscure to other methods. The information theory approach is particularly good at tracking dispersal via genetic similarity of populations. Furthermore, the same method can be applied in many other parts of science, from forecasting and assessing diversity of species, to the evolution of computer code in artificial intelligence.
Category
Biology
Track
Friday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
Dr Ed Liew, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - Plant Health at the ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY: Infectious Diseases and Plant Clinic Virtual Tour.    2020 is the International Year of Plant Health. Where better to explore some of the current research of plant pathogens than at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s Plant Clinic?  Despite the importance of plant health, we are one of the few botanic gardens around the world with an active plant pathology research and diagnostic capability, so we play an important role nationally in raising awareness of the impact of plant diseases in horticulture and in the natural environment. As Manager of Plant Pathology, Dr Ed Liew will share his own research in plant diseases caused by fungus and the role of the Clinic’s diagnostic facilities. This is a unique opportunity to view the important facility and hear from one of the leading experts in this field. The workshop will also include a short presentation highlighting how the Education Team can support you teaching Infectious Diseases and other Stage 5/6 Science in your classroom.
Category
Biology
Track
Friday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
Professor Angela Moles, UNSW - Anyone can be a scientist - all you need is a good question, sound methods and determination. In this workshop, I will tell you about how a year 7 class from Sydney became published authors.  The girls came up with ideas about how to best keep a cut Christmas tree healthy, ran an experiment, and wrote up a scientific paper which was published in the Australian Journal of Botany. We will discuss how to come up with good ideas, how to design a good study, and how to get your class to write their own scientific paper.
Category
Investigating Science
Track
Friday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
Join proud Wiradjuri woman Renee Cawthorne where you will learn about the Cadi Garden and First Nations Peoples scientific knowledge, relationship and responsibility to Country. You will be provided with examples of how you can respectfully and authentically embed First Nations scientific perspectives in your teaching as well as how scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens have been aided in their research by First Nations knowledge.
Category
Investigating Science
Track
Friday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
Associate Professor Bryce Kelly, UNSW - How do we map and measure greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, mining, oil & gas, and urban environments?  The concentration of the primary greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide) are increasing in the atmosphere at concerning rates. This presentation will cover how we measure greenhouse gas emissions from the various sources including: agriculture, mining, oil & gas, and urban environments.  Case studies will be presented from the Hunter Valley, the Surat Basin and Sydney. Do you know how much carbon dioxide is emitted by people breathing? How much carbon dioxide and methane are emitted by an audience in a lecture theatre?  Which sector in Australia emits more methane - oil & gas, or cattle farming? We will explore these questions as part of the presentation.
Category
Earth and Environmental Science
Track
Friday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering present an experience of the mining visualisations explaining mining processes available in the 360 degree theatre; via VR oculars and online apps from MERE.  Workshop agenda will include: introduction to S MERE Live section on AR - 15mins (lithium, block caving; mining equipment; Mitsubishi);       Pre-recorded 360 camera for AVIE- 15mins  (block caving, ViMine; mineral processing) ;       Pre-recorded Oculus Go (15mins) (hazard awareness, petroleum awareness; MEA mineral awareness) ;     Q&A forum session with participants
Category
Earth and Environmental Science
Track
Friday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
Dr Iain Suthers, UNSW- Marine Science from estuaries to the East Australian Current. The coast of NSW and especially Sydney has a front-row seat to observe the effects of the East Australian Current on coastal ecosystems, and the interactive effects of urbanisation. Recently Australia began investing in marine science, evident in the $18 M pa Integrated Marine Observing System; the $120 M new Marine National Facility Research Vessel Investigator,  and the new icebreaker RSV Nuyina. Iain will outline the broad opportunities for teaching and study from the estuary to the open coast.
Category
Marine Science
Track
Friday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
Martin Van Kranendonk, UNSW - Using Deep time Earth as a guide in the search for life on Mars.  The search for our origins goes back 4 billion years, and stretches across the Universe - Are we Alone? How did life originate? One way to search for answers to these questions is to investigate whether life did arise elsewhere, and thus our interest in Mars. But where to look? This talk reviews the science behind the search for life on Mars, drawing on the information locked away in ancient rocks of the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, and from current research into the origin of life. The results might surprise you!
Category
Multidisciplinary
Track
Friday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
(K-6) One of the tensions of incorporating the cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures in the classroom is how to include the voices of Indigenous Australians in a culturally-appropriate way. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to meet some Indigenous students from Australian Catholic University’s Away From Base cohort, who will share with you science picture books that they have created. Developed for an assessment task in EDST241 Science Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment as part of their Bachelor of Primary Education, these beautiful books bring together the students’ knowledge of Country and how it links with the skills, knowledge and understanding of the Australian Curriculum: Science, the Victorian Curriculum: Science and the NSW K-6 Science and Technology Syllabus. Be part of the discussion about who should share the knowledge of Indigenous Australians, and how they should share it.  Presented with Sally Biskupic, ACU
Category
Primary
Track
Friday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
Category
Biology
Track
Friday Session 4
Time
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
3:00 PM
Category
Investigating Science
Track
Friday Session 4
Time
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
3:00 PM
Category
Earth and Environmental Science
Track
Friday Session 4
Time
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
3:00 PM
led by Jacqui Rogers from the Marine Teachers Association NSW
Category
Marine Science
Track
Friday Session 4
Time
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
3:00 PM
Category
Primary
Track
Friday Session 4
Time
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
3:00 PM
Professor Edward Holmes - USyd.   The emergence and spread of COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our lives this year. Professor Edward Holmes specialises in the evolution and emergence of infectious diseases, particularly the mechanisms by which RNA viruses jump species boundaries to emerge in humans and other animals. Eddie is well aware this is not the first or last virus to put us on high alert. He will detail the techniques used to identify the genetic makeup of viruses and the evolution, divergence and emergence of SARS-CoV-2. He will outline some of the responses humans are having to SARS-CoV-2 and discuss the ideas of susceptibility, immunity and how we might ‘live’ with the virus in our environment on a more permanent basis. Eddie will also highlight potential ways to prevent these emergence events from happening again.
Category
Friday Keynotes
Track
Friday Keynotes
Time
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
4:00 PM

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Description
(K-6) Discover ways you can use VR in the classroom as more than passive experiences by incorporating the techniques of gamification — Overview of the current state of VR — Explanation of gamification & how it can be used to enhance VR — Exploration of current options in VR software and technology — Opportunity to create and try out some VR options.   Presented by Claire Seldon
Category
Primary K-6
Track
Primary Plenary
Time
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9:00 AM
Alistair Poore, UNSW - Head of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Alistair's research interests includes ecology and evolutionary biology, with a focus on coastal marine ecosystems
Category
Saturday Keynote
Track
Saturday Keynote
Time
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9:00 AM
Time
10:05 AM - 10:55 AM
10:05 AM
Michael Kasumovic, UNSW - Mobile science apps created by Arludo exploring evolutionary biology and behavioural science. Students find science difficult. But I believe it's because it's how we approach it, not because the material is difficult to understand. Also, I feel it's because science focuses on preparing, rather than doing and analyssing. In this workshop, you'll learn how I use a library of mobile apps created by Arludo to skip all the difficult parts of science such as the set up and the data collection, and focus on the data analysis and discussion. Bring your mobile devices and a desire to learn, because in this workshop you'll be doing exactly what your students are doing and you'll leave with a wealth of material and apps to do fun science your classroom.
Category
Biology
Track
Saturday Session 1
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
HSC Biology - Modules 5/6 & 7/8 .  This one hour workshop incorporates updates on the recent work on the Biology Museum program and a virtual tour of the Museum with our staff.
Category
Biology
Track
Saturday Session 1
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
( 2 hours) Dr Angela Maharaj and Troy Garrett, UNSW.  The Schools Weather and Air Quality (SWAQ) citizen science project (www.swaq.org.au) run by the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of NSW places remote weather and air quality sensors in Sydney schools to collect high quality data for urban climate and air quality research . A highlight of this project is that data is made available for school students to analyse along with resources to teach them how to do this. In this workshop, climate scientist, Dr Angela Maharaj, and experienced science teacher, Troy Garrett, will present the project’s resources and show teachers how analysis of local weather and air quality data relates to contemporary issues (e.g., bushfires, COVID-19, weather systems) relevant to EES and IS. Teachers will also have the opportunity to consult with the team to help drive its direction to better support the teaching of weather and air quality science in schools.
Category
Investigating Science
Track
Saturday Session 1
Time
11:00 AM - 1:10 PM
11:00 AM
Investigating Science - Health and Disease.  A one hour workshop encompassing the most recent updates from the Museum, and a virtual tour with the resources offered for Investigating Science students. The program focusses on the process of science, including the bias and limitations of the human aspects of the work.
Category
Investigating Science
Track
Saturday Session 1
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
Susan Filan, Australian Earth Science Education.   Participants will explore the mineral resources of NSW and learn about remote sensing technologies using free online visualisation tools. We will complete a suggested teaching and learning sequence that can be used with students. Next, we will trial an 'exploration box' that can be easily constructed for practical work with students. It simulates gravity and magnetic remote sensing and challenges students to map a likely mineral deposit.. Excursions, incursions and online resources will be highlighted.
Category
Earth and Environmental Science
Track
Saturday Session 1
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
(K-6)  ReSolve: Maths by Inquiry is a national project that promotes a spirit of inquiry in students from Foundation to Year 10. reSolve is managed by the Australian Academy of Science and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment. reSolve recently collaborated with Primary Connections, one of the Academy’s science education programs. The two programs worked alongside a number of primary schools to to plan and teach STEM units that meaningfully integrated maths, science, digital technologies and design technologies. In this workshop, we will share the planning and design work of the reSolve and Primary Connections STEM project. In particular, we will look at the process of designing mathematics resources for the topics of Natural Disasters and Marine STEM.  Presented by Dr Kristen Tripet & Ms Ruqiyah Patel
Category
Primary K-6
Track
Saturday Session 1
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM
Inquiry Question: What is the difference in nutrient and gas requirements between autotrophs and heterotrophs? Dissections can be used to make links in evolutionary adaptations as part of IQ2 in module 2. In some schools a comparative plant and rat dissection may be common practice, which may be further compared with a fish dissection. However, a great way to expand into open and closed circulatory systems is by adding a roach to your dissection lessons. Once students get past the ick factor you will find yourself with an engaging lesson that will provide opportunity for discussion as students compare gas exchange and digestion. across multiple organisms.
Category
Biology
Track
Saturday Session 2
Time
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
12:20 PM
For Our Love of Fossils is an exploration of the history of life and the sense of wonder brought to us by the fossil record. We explore the past 700 million years of life history and major stages in the evolution. We can use an understanding of deep time and changes to environments to make predictions of the effects of our own actions on the future of the biosphere.   This workshop is targeted to those who do not have a strong background in palaeontology and want to deepen their understanding, and for those who want to explore fossils and palaeontology further.
Category
Earth and Environmental Science
Track
Saturday Session 2
Time
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
12:20 PM
(7-12) Pathology Live: Take a virtual tour of the Museum of Human Disease hosted by Museum staff and our Medicine Faculty teaching staff describing the disease processes evident in some of our highlight specimens.
Track
Saturday Session 2
Time
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
12:20 PM
(7-2) COVID Update: Hear from UNSW researchers on the latest details of COVID, our understanding of the disease and the hunt for a Vaccine.
Track
Saturday Session 2
Time
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
12:20 PM
Lessons from Lockdown: Natural Disasters and Covid-19 Coming out of lockdown at the beginning of Term 2, it was obvious that we were going to have to abandon the idea that Stage 3 would learn about natural disasters by planning and carrying out fair test investigations mentored by the boys at our local high school. Instead, we looked for a way to include authentic inquiry that integrated concepts across multiple subject areas, could help us engage students at home AND manage the transition back to school. In this workshop we will share the activities we created for students, drawing on a range of resources such as the Geography Teachers Association of NSW unit, “Bushfire Hazards in Australia,” and the reSolve STEM unit on bushfires. We will also share how we leveraged online platforms such as Zoom, Desmos and Google Slides to ensure that students were using inquiry skills to help them learn the Science, Geography, History and Mathematics concepts we wanted to address.   Presenter: Sally Biskupic, ACU
Category
Primary K-6
Track
Saturday Session 2
Time
12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
12:20 PM
Time
1:20 PM - 1:40 PM
1:20 PM
Thomas Mesaglio, UNSW.  iNaturalist: harnessing the power of citizen science.    iNaturalist is a global, online, biodiversity citizen science platform with over 1 million registered users and over 36 million uploaded observations. Users take photographs or sound recordings of organisms they encounter and upload them to the platform. The organisms are then identified by other users from around the globe, including amateur naturalists, PhD students, museum curators and world experts. These data are then exported to major biodiversity databases like the Atlas of Living Australia and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility when they can be used in real-world scientific research. Thomas Mesaglio, a curator on iNaturalist and one of the top contributors in Australia, will give a presentation on how to use iNaturalist in the classroom/around the school and home, and explain its utility for assessments, improving students' knowledge of the natural world and independent projects among other uses.
Category
Multidisciplinary
Track
Saturday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
Dr Adrian Fisher, UNSW - Monitoring environmental change with remote sensing: developing and applying vegetation structure models from satellite and airborne data.  Remote sensing can provide important information for many of society’s environmental challenges, such as monitoring water resources and detecting tree clearing. The data collected by instruments on Earth observation satellites and airborne platforms allows many different environmental variables to be mapped over large regions. It is also possible to examine environmental change using remote sensing thanks to the 30+ year archive of Landsat satellite data, recent growth in high spatial resolution data, and improvements in computing power. Through combining field measurements with remote sensing data, aspects of vegetation structure have been modelled across Australia, allowing environmental changes to be analysed. This seminar will describe the vegetation structure measurements used in Australia, the vast archive of remote sensing data freely available, the development, validation and application of models across diverse landscapes, and the integration of this research with government environmental monitoring operations. Examples from recent and current research will be described, including using airborne laser scanning data (lidar) to quantify changes in tree cover, and using multi-temporal satellite imagery to examine what causes desert dunes to become active.
Category
Multidisciplinary
Track
Saturday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
Eugenia O'Brien, USyd - Classroom transformations: Real-world, hands-on biotechnology lessons with the Amgen Biotech Experience at University of Sydney.     Teaching genetics and biotechnology can be a tough job, especially when the concepts can seem abstract and the resources needed to teach the concepts in a hands-on way are expensive and out of reach for many schools. The Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) brings research-grade equipment and practical, curriculum relevant biotechnology lessons to the classroom. This workshop will introduce you to the ABE program and the ways teachers are implementing the lessons at their schools. Hone your skills in micropipetting, gel electrophoresis and bacterial transformations as you get a feel for the ‘tools of the trade’ that biotechnologists use with this hands-on introduction to the laboratory sessions that high school students are currently involved in with the ABE.
Category
Multidisciplinary
Track
Saturday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
Jeannette Tran, STEM Reactor - Forensic science involves finding clues to solve a crime. But the analysis of each piece of evidence opens the door to teaching new techniques and principles of STEM. This workshop will take participants through practical techniques for performing forensic investigations including: DNA and protein testing with agarose gel electrophoresis, Ink analysis through chromatography, Blood typing with immunological methods, Analysing powders for biological activity, Using data to determine characteristics of a suspect, Encryption using coding with python. Teachers will receive teaching resources by email at the conclusion of the session.
Category
Multidisciplinary
Track
Saturday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM
Susan Filan, Australian Earth Science Education-takes us into the Living World Syllabus and plant adaptations with  Frank Hemmings, Manager of the UNSW Herbarium using  Frank's vast knowledge and examples of the plant specimens from the Herbarium
Category
Primary/ Junior Science (K-8)
Track
Saturday Session 3
Time
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM
1:50 PM

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